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FIFA announce date for U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 draw

By Vincent Ashitey
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FIFA have announced that the draw for U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 will take place in Zurich on June 24, as well as confirming Bhubaneswar, Goa and Navi Mumbai as the Host Cities for the tournament.

As well as hosts India, six countries – Brazil, Chile, China PR, Colombia, Japan and New Zealand – have been confirmed for the competition so far and are sure to feature in the draw on 24 June.

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With a total of 16 teams set to contest the tournament, spots are still up for grabs in several confederations including Africa.

In addition, following the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have also confirmed the updated Host Cities for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022™ after undertaking a comprehensive review and consultation process.

Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer, said: “With qualifying on going around the world, we are very excited to announce the date of the draw, as well as confirm the three Host Cities for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022.”

“Following the recent FIFA visit to India, this is an important step forward and marks the start of the final countdown towards the tournament. We would like to thank the AIFF, the LOC and all the stakeholders for their support throughout the last two years as we have dealt with the evolving nature of the pandemic.”

“We look forward to continuing our work together as preparations gather pace over the final six months and to delivering what will be an exciting and hugely important tournament for India and the overall development of women’s football throughout the world.”

Praful Patel, the LOC chairman, AIFF President and FIFA Council member, said: “The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 host states – Maharashtra, Goa and Odisha – share our excitement and enthusiasm about leaving behind a lasting legacy while shining a celebratory light on India’s culture, diversity and love for the beautiful game.”

“Following FIFA’s recent successful visit to India, remaining cognisant of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the new footprint for the tournament was decided upon. While Goa and Navi Mumbai have already displayed considerable expertise in hosting international tournaments, Bhubaneswar, an upcoming sporting powerhouse, perfectly aligns with the values of growth and development of this youth tournament.

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We are now eagerly awaiting the next major milestone, the draw, which will set the definitive path to ultimate glory for the participating nations.”

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 will take place on 11-30 October 2022.

Ghana is among the African countries that are in search of a ticket to play at the tournament.

The Black Maidens have another hurdle to clear against Guinea in two legs - the 1 leg is scheduled for Conakry on Saturday, April 16, while the 2 leg comes off in Cape Coast on Saturday, April 30, 2022.